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Ex-Goldman director Gupta to surrender June 17 in insider case

Yahoo - DRC - 17 April, 2014 - 11:53

Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc director Rajat Gupta is expected to begin his two-year prison term on June 17 for insider trading. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan directed Gupta to surrender by 2:00 p.m. EDT (1900 BST) on that date to start serving his sentence at an institution chosen by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, according to an order issued on Thursday. Gupta, 65, was convicted in June 2012 on securities fraud and conspiracy charges for having fed tips, from Goldman board meetings in the second half of 2008, to long-time friend Raj Rajaratnam, founder of the Galleon Group hedge fund firm. A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan had no immediate comment.


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Le premier trimestre de l'année 2014 a permis aux fils et filles du Nord-Kivu d'avoir l'espoir d'un avenir radieux, selon Julien Paluku

Digital Congo - 17 April, 2014 - 11:52
Des actions au bénéfice de la population ont été amorcées suite à l'évolution positive de la situation sécuritaire actuellement atteinte grâce à la sagesse et la doigtée politique du Chef de l'Etat Joseph Kabila Kabange.
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Avec l’appui du Pnud : Libération des 31 détenus irréguliers de la prison centrale de Bunia

Digital Congo - 17 April, 2014 - 11:50
Au total, 31 détenus dont une femme ont été officiellement libérés de la prison centrale de Bunia. Cette mission d’inspection et de contrôle hiérarchique a pu être réalisée grâce à l’appui technique et financier du Pnud.
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Aru : l’administrateur du territoire accusé de prélever des taxes illégales

Digital Congo - 17 April, 2014 - 11:48
De son côté, l’incriminé estime que cette accusation est infondée. Ambroise Butela reconnaît tout de même avoir initié certaines actions génératrices de revenus pour la survie de l’administration de son territoire.
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La Monusco confirme la reconquête de tous les bastions des ADF dans Beni

Digital Congo - 17 April, 2014 - 11:38
La mission onusienne regrette la mort de Paul Sadala alias Morgan qu’il aurait voulu voir être traduit en justice pour ses nombreux crimes.
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Ukraine asks ICC to investigate alleged crimes in late 2013-early 2014

Yahoo - DRC - 17 April, 2014 - 11:38
Ukraine on Thursday invited the International Criminal Court to open an investigation into any serious international crimes that may have been committed on its territory in late 2013 and early 2014, the court said in a statement. The invitation, in the form of a declaration accepting the court's jurisdiction for the period between November 21 and February 22, does not ask the court to investigate Russia's formal military involvement in Ukraine's Crimea province, which began on February 27. Ukraine's parliament earlier this year urged the ICC to investigate crimes allegedly committed by former President Viktor Yanukovich in an attempt to put down the protests that eventually toppled him and drove him into Russian exile.
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Ukraine local boss puts price on head of Russian 'saboteurs'

Yahoo - DRC - 17 April, 2014 - 11:38
By Pavel Polityuk and Alastair Macdonald KIEV (Reuters) - A billionaire regional governor in eastern Ukraine put a $10,000 bounty on the head of any Russian "saboteur" on Thursday and pledged a reward for the Ukrainian troops who shot protesters at their base overnight. Aides to banking and energy tycoon Igor Kolomoisky, who was appointed last month by the new government in Kiev to run the industrial region of Dnipropetrovsk, also offered payments for weapons handed in to the local authorities and a reward of $200,000 for anyone who "liberated" an occupied public building. It was the latest in a cascade of piecemeal initiatives from Ukrainian leaders since pro-Russian militants - backed, Kiev says, by special forces sent by Moscow - seized facilities in the nearby regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. It also highlighted the role of wealthy business "oligarchs" in Ukraine's politics - and in its relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Putin talks tough on Ukraine but says he hopes for peace

Yahoo - DRC - 17 April, 2014 - 11:38
By Alissa de Carbonnel and Alexei Anishchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine's leaders on Thursday of committing a "grave crime" by using the army to try to quell unrest in the east of the country, and did not rule out sending in Russian troops. But, addressing Russians in his annual televised phone-in, Putin said he hoped he would not need to take such a step, and that diplomacy could succeed in resolving the standoff, the worst crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War. The former KGB spy's rhetoric on the United States was, as is customary for him, firm and uncompromising, but he also gave clear signals that he did not want to get into a spiralling war of words with Washington. He said Russia has no interest in reviving Cold War-era divisions, even if it felt threatened by NATO's eastward expansion and was angered by U.S. interventions in Iraq, Libya and Syria that had gone ahead over the Kremlin's objections.
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Lisanga vs Kengo : brouille suite à l’adhésion de Ruberwa à l’opposition républicaine

Digital Congo - 17 April, 2014 - 11:37
Lisanga Bonganga, modérateur de l’opposition républicaine, s’oppose farouchement à l’adhésion de Ruberwa dont le parti est devenu selon lui une coquille vide que s’efforce de remplir le sénateur Moïse Nyarugabo.
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Russia: deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions

Yahoo - DRC - 17 April, 2014 - 11:36

GENEVA (AP) — Russia's foreign minister says top diplomats have agreed to take immediate steps toward calming tensions in Ukraine.


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Italy again pushes back balanced budget goal

Yahoo - DRC - 17 April, 2014 - 11:26

ROME (AP) — Italy has again pushed back its balanced-budget goal, now aiming for 2016.


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Fed bond buying twice as effective on growth as BoE's - research

Yahoo - DRC - 17 April, 2014 - 11:20

By David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - Bond purchases by the U.S. Federal Reserve have been twice as effective at boosting economic output as those by the Bank of England, research by a Bank policymaker showed on Thursday. The findings are likely to be of interest to the European Central Bank, which is weighing whether to start an asset purchase programme in the euro zone to ward off the threat of deflation. Martin Weale, who sits on the BoE's rate-setting committee, looked at growth and inflation data from March 2009 to May 2013 to assess the impact of bond purchases by the Bank and the Fed. Fed purchases of bonds equivalent to 1 percent of gross domestic product raised U.S. GDP by 0.36 percent, while Bank purchases on the same scale raised gross domestic product by only 0.18 percent, Weale said. The findings also suggest Bank asset purchases were slightly more effective than estimated in a Bank paper in 2011.


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EU lawmakers smooth way for class actions against cartels

Yahoo - DRC - 17 April, 2014 - 11:18

By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European lawmakers on Thursday eased the way for cartel victims to claim compensation from companies under new rules that also shield price-fixing whistleblowers from being the main target of million-euro lawsuits. The green light from the European Parliament came nine years after the European Commission broached the idea, seeing it as an additional tool, on top of fines, to deter companies from breaking antitrust laws. According to the Commission, only one in four cartels and antitrust infringements faced damages claims in the last seven years. The rules, drafted by the EU competition authority, need the blessing of the 28 European Union countries before they can come into force.


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US sanctions government official in Zimbabwe

Yahoo - DRC - 17 April, 2014 - 11:18
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department is sanctioning a government official and others in Zimbabwe for allegedly undermining democracy in the southern African nation.
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MP Lucas Cleared Of Fracking Protest Charges

Yahoo - DRC - 17 April, 2014 - 11:18

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has been cleared of public order offences after taking part in anti-fracking protests. Ms Lucas was arrested after refusing to move from outside Cuadrilla's exploratory oil drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex in August. However, Brighton Magistrates cleared the party's only MP of two charges, obstructing a public highway and breaching the Public Order Act.


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Irish court convicts two Anglo Irish bankers of illegal lending

Yahoo - DRC - 17 April, 2014 - 11:15

By Sarah O'Connor DUBLIN (Reuters) - A Dublin court found two former executives of the collapsed Anglo Irish Bank guilty on Thursday of illegal lending and providing unlawful assistance to investors during the "Celtic Tiger" boom of the past decade. Willie McAteer and Pat Whelan were judged guilty on 10 counts of illegal loans to clients known as the "Maple Ten". They were found not guilty on six other charges of illegal loans to the family of businessman Sean Quinn, once Ireland's richest man and now bankrupt. Judge Martin Nolan said that he would consider the arguments for sentencing Whelan and McAteer on April 28 but that he was unlikely to give a decision until later.


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MP facing complaint over donations

Yahoo - DRC - 17 April, 2014 - 11:11

A Conservative MP could face an investigation over her failure to declare cash donations after a complaint was made to a Westminster standards watchdog.


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Did Europe misdiagnose debt crisis and make it worse?

Yahoo - DRC - 17 April, 2014 - 11:09

By Luke Baker BRUSSELS (Reuters) - At the height of the euro zone debt crisis, with Portugal's economy nearing collapse, the European Commission told the government in Lisbon that it had to slash wages if it was ever going to boost competitiveness and grow again. It is just one of many examples Philippe Legrain, a former adviser to Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, cites in a new book that argues policymakers misdiagnosed the crisis and ended up prescribing the wrong medicine to resolve it. "That shows in a nutshell how policy was misguided." The worst of Europe's debt crisis may have passed after four years of turmoil. But Legrain's book makes for withering reading, suggesting that by misunderstanding the problem, EU leaders and policymakers are responsible for the record-high unemployment and rock-bottom growth afflicting the union.


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Britain mulls tighter rules on arms exporters

Yahoo - DRC - 17 April, 2014 - 11:08
Britain said on Thursday it was considering tightening its rules governing the sale of weapons overseas by drawing up a public register of approved arms brokers. Campaigners and lawmakers scrutinising arms export policy argue that Britain should strengthen its control of who is allowed to arrange weapons deals to cut the supply of military goods to those who use them to commit human rights abuses. "Introducing a public register could help increase both transparency and accountability so I am keen to hear views on all sides of the argument." British companies must already obtain a licence from the government before exporting any military goods.
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Obama says wounded bikers are an inspiration

Yahoo - DRC - 17 April, 2014 - 11:07
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the site of wounded veterans biking at the White House is a mark of how far they've come.
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